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Explore Missouri's original landscapes

Missouri's natural areas represent some of the best — and last — examples of our state's original landscape. Here are places where you can still see the rare plants, animals, and geological features that pre-settlement native Americans knew well or that explorers such as Lewis and Clark observed and recorded. Explore remnant prairies, old-growth forests and woodlands, rare wetlands, caves, and many other kinds of native habitat.

Plan a visit

Use the information in this section to plan a visit to a natural area. Whether your interest is nature study, birding, hiking, fishing, hunting, or photography, you'll find a designated Missouri natural area to enjoy your favorite low-impact outdoor recreational activity.

Map of Natural Areas in Missouri


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Title County Designation Datesort icon
White River Balds Taney 04/18/1983
Big Spring Carter 02/14/1983
George A. Hamilton Forest Lincoln 02/14/1983
Pelican Island St. Louis 02/14/1983
Blue River Glades Jackson 01/21/1983
Engelmann Woods Franklin 01/21/1983
The Pinnacles Boone 01/21/1983
Coakley Hollow Fen Camden 08/25/1982
Mint Spring Seep Gasconade 08/24/1982
Hughes Mountain Washington 08/24/1982
Tupelo Gum Pond Oregon 08/24/1982
Diamond Grove Prairie Newton 08/24/1982
Valley View Glades Jefferson 08/24/1982
Bennett Spring Hanging Fen Dallas 03/18/1982
Otter Slough Stoddard 02/25/1982
Allred Lake Butler 02/25/1982
Spring Creek Gap Glades Maries 02/25/1982
Beech Springs Stoddard 12/04/1981
Ha Ha Tonka Karst Camden 11/30/1981
Botkins Pine Woods Ste. Genevieve 11/30/1981
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